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Theo Walcott was left to agree with manager Arsene Wenger that Arsenal were left to rue missed chances against Marseille, but felt the French side were worthy of a point at the Emirates last night.

The Gunners grabbed victory at the Stade Veledrome a week earlier when Aaron Ramsey struck in injury-time, but the efforts of the Ligue 1 side were rewarded in the English capital with a hard-fought point in north London.

It's a result which leaves Arsenal a point clear at the top of Champions League Group F, and whilst a win would have been the ideal result, Walcott knows the team are still well-placed to qualify as winners.

“It was always going to be tough. Obviously a lot of people are still thinking about that game at the weekend, but Marseille are a strong team. The obvious positive from this was keeping a clean sheet," he told the official Arsenal website.

“It's disappointing that we didn't score any goals considering the amount we got at the weekend but you can't score all the time. It was probably a fair result in the end. You had to give credit to Marseille at times; they came here, did a job and used the width of the pitch very well.

“As long as we didn't lose - it's been a lot of games since we have - that's another good positive."

Another positive from the match was Thomas Vermaelen's return to the starting line-up, with the Belgian international playing 90 minutes as part of the back-line.

An Achilles tendon injury has forced the 25-year-old to miss much of the season thus far, and after limping off against Bolton with a calf strain last week, fresh fears were raised over his fitness.

However, a substitute appearance in the 5-3 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was followed with last night's effort, and it's another step in the right direction for the centre back.

‘‘The important thing was that we kept a clean sheet. It was disappointing that we couldn’t take some of our chances.”

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